Kia ora koutou.
Ko Maki Maihi-Taniora taku ingoa.
I am 54 years young and currently work (Resources Sector/Mining) and reside in Western Australia. I am of Ngapuhi & Ngati Wai descent and am very proud to have grown up in South Auckland, New Zealand.
I would like to take this opportunity in acknowledging Anita’s effort thus far, as it has been the action of her ‘blowing into the embers of the fire that has allowed the flame to burn bright again’…thank you Anita.
Prior to moving my family to Australia near on 9 years ago, I worked some 25 years in the New Zealand Public and Emergency Services Sector. This time included service with the Inland Revenue Department; the New Zealand Army; the New Zealand Police Department; the Ministry of Transport – Aviation Security Service; and the New Zealand Corrections Department.
I can say…’I have witnessed many of the disparities between Maori & Non Maori, first hand.’
25 years ago I shared with some prominent Maori leaders at that time, a conceptual strategy that directly addressed the ‘GAPs’.
Nothing like this had ever been attempted and still hasn’t to date.
The strategy has it’s foundation firmly cemented in the principles of Tino Rangatiratanga (Self-Detemination) and Kotahitanga (One People).
It is innovative, dynamic, and potentially globally impacting on all Indigenous People’s of the world.
I knew from these early encounters that Maori were not ready for such a strategy back then…and probably it was a bit ahead of its time.
I ask…’Are we ready for this?’
We will use this medium to broadcast this strategy so as to
(i) ‘stir’ discussion;
(ii) seek feedback/comment; and
(iii) seek your support
However before we go any further, I invite you to have a look at the following publications relative to near on 15 years of identifying the GAP’s:
(A) Background Note – Parliamentary Library ‘Gaps’ between ethnic groups: some key statistics 1 June 2000
(B) Ms. Tariana Turia’s speech to a class at Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao on 7 June 2000.
(C) Report conducted by the Maori Youth Council to Dr. Pita Sharples – Minister of Maori Affairs June 2011
(D) Indicators of Inequality for Maori and Pacific People – Lisa Marriot & Dalice Sim Victoria University- Working Paper 09/2014
I ask again…’Are we ready for this?’